Hey y’all! I’ve been getting into romance lately and I saw this in my library’s audiobook catalog. I’m pretty sure some blogs have talked about it but I can’t think of any specific reviews right now. It sounded cute, so I decided to check it out.
The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri.
Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her old friend Jasmine.
Trigger Warnings: reference to binge drinking, depression, sex scene, sexual abuse, grooming
This story covered some pretty tough and interesting topics within the gymnastics world. I’ve seen a few TV shows and watched the Olympics, but I definitely don’t know what it’s like being on the inside. The competition affected the mental health of the girls and I like how it’s discussed.
The Not So Good
I think I went into this with the wrong impression. I went into this thinking it would be a cute, fluffy romance. I feel like the romance barely took up any part of this story. Most of the focus was on the gymnastics.
I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. They all fell really flat for me. I didn’t feel like there was any real chemistry between Avery and Ryan.
The stakes honestly didn’t feel high enough for me. It felt like it was supposed to seem like things were really intense but I just didn’t feel that for a lot of it.
The writing was also pretty flat for me. I personally like a lot of description but the writing here was pretty straightforward.
All in All
This story just wasn’t all that interesting to me. I went into this thinking the main focus of the story would be the romance but it honestly wasn’t there for me.
I think this book would be great for someone who’s interested in learning more about the world of gymnastics.
Also one sidenote: A chunk of this story takes place in 2020 and that just feels so surreal right now.